Verse 53. "And every man went, &c." - The authority and influence of Nicodemus, in this case, was so great that the Sanhedrin broke up without being able to conclude any thing. As the feast was now ended, they were not obliged to continue any longer in or about Jerusalem; and therefore all returned to their respective dwellings.
This verse and the first eleven verses of the following chapter are wanting in several MSS. Some of those which retain the paragraph mark it with obelisks, as a proof of spuriousness. Those which do retain it have it with such a variety of reading as is no where else found in the sacred writings.
Professor Griesbach leaves the whole paragraph in the text with notes of doubtfulness. Most of the modern critics consider it as resting on no solid authority.
The following in the left-hand column, is a literal translation of the whole as it stands in the Codex Bezae. That on the right is a connected view of it from other manuscripts.
ver. 63; viii. 1-11.: From the Codex Bezae. From other MSS.
ver. 53. And every one went every one went to his away to his own people. own house. (ta idia autou) Al. place. chap. viii. 1. And Jesus 1. And Jesus went out went to the mount of to the mount of Olives.
2. But he came again 2. But very early in the early into-the temple, and morning Jesus came again all the people came unto into the temple, and all him. the people came; and having sat down he taught them.
3. And the scribes and 3. And the chief priests Pharisees brought a woman and the Pharisees bring unto him, taken in unto him a woman taken sin; and, setting her in in adultery; and, having the midst, set her in the midst, 4. The priests say unto 4. They spoke, tempting him, tempting him, that him, Teacher, we they might have an accusation found this one committing against him, Teacher, adultery, in the very this woman was taken act: committing adultery, in the very act:
5. Now Moses, in the 5. And in the law Moses law, gave orders to stone commanded us to stone such: but what dost thou such: What dost thou say now? say concerning her? 6. But Jesus, having 6. But this they spoke stooped down, wrote with tempting him, that they his finger upon the ground. might find an accusation against him: but he, knowing it, stooped down, (Al. bowed down,) and wrote with his finger upon the ground, seeming as if he did not hear.
(Al. pretending.) 7. But as they continued 7. But as they continued asking he lifted up asking him, having himself, and said unto looked up, he saith, Let them, Let him who is him who is without sin without sin among you among you, first cast a first cast a stone at her. stone at her.
8. And stooping down 8. And stooping down again, he wrote with his again, he wrote with his finger upon the ground. finger upon the ground (the sins of every one of them.) 9. And each of the 9. And each one of Jews went out, beginning them went out, (Al.
from the oldest, so that and hearing these things all went out: and he was they departed one by one,) left alone, the woman beginning from the oldest; being in the midst. and Jesus was left alone, and the woman in the midst of them.
10. And Jesus lifting 10. Jesus therefore looking up himself, said to the up, saw her, and said, woman, Where are they? Woman, where are thy Hath no one condemned accusers? Hath no one thee? condemned thee? 11. Then she said unto 11. Then she said, No him, No one, sir. Then one, sir. And Jesus said, he said, Neither do I Neither will I judge thee; condemn thee; go, and from go away, and henceforth this time sin no more. sin no more. See the notes on this account in the following chapter.